Speaker Series

Speaker Series

We actively lift up the work of Oakland organizations, often bringing panels together for discussion on different issues affecting the city of Oakland. Speaker Series events are followed up with Hot Topics discussion event for members and the public.   Contact us at speakerseries@lwvoakland.org for info!

Speaker Series Events:  2018-2019

September 2018: League members and the public were encouraged to attend one or more of the numerous election-related candidate forums held during the month of September.

October 2018: Our presenters were Karen Monroe, Alameda County Department of Education Schools Superintendent; Shanthi Gonzalez, Oakland Unified School District Board Director, District 6; Nima Tahai, Director of Educator Leadership for GO Public Schools Oakland; and Carmelita Reyes, International High School Principal. The members of this panel shared their perspective, knowledge, and expertise on the state of education in Alameda County and Oakland Public Schools.

November 2018: This Program spotlighted the results of the 2018 election. Darwin Bond-Graham, East Bay Express investigative journalist on politics, business, healthcare, housing, and labor; and the Honorable Sebastian Ridley Thomas (Ret), California Policy and Research Initiative and Chief Strategist of African American Voter Registration, brought their thoughts and overview on the local, regional, and national results of the November 6th General Election. The Bay Area Coalition of 100 Black Women and Black Woman Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) co-sponsored this event.

January 2019: Rather than hosting a speaker or panel, LWVO invited members and the public to take part in its annual Program Planning/Policy Review, a meeting at which local and state priorities for the League are discussed and recommendations made to the Board of Directors.

February 2019: Our speaker was Police Captain Ersie Joyner, talking about Operation Cease Fire and other current programs of Oakland’s police department. The meeting was held at Taylor United Methodist Church.

April 2019: LWVO’s 28th Annual All-City Luncheon, featuring presentation of Making Democracy Work Awards to BOSS and New Voices are Rising and Rosie Rios, former U.S. Treasurer, as the speaker, was April’s main event, attracting close to 350 people.

May 2019: Nyeli Maxson, Oakland Public Ethics Commissioner, spoke about alternatives to Oakland's existing public campaign finance laws. This meeting was held at the Dimond Branch Library.